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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Paul Sereno - What Can Fossils Teach Us?

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Paul Sereno sees paleontology as "adventure with a purpose." How else can one possibly describe a science that "allows you to romp in remote corners of the globe, resurrecting gargantuan creatures that have never been seen?" His travels in the search for the bones of ancient reptiles and birds have taken him through India, Argentina, Mongolia, and the Sahara Desert, where he uncovered the giant skeletons of several meat-eaters and a few prehistoric vegetarians. Sereno is president and cofounder of Project Exploration, an organization dedicated to bringing the wonders of science to the public - especially minority youth and girls. He currently teaches at the University of Chicago and is one National Geographic's Explorers-in-Residence. In this TEDTalk, he discusses his surprising encounters with prehistory - and a new way to help students join the adventure.
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22 min.
10 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on June 24, 2012.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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Paul Sereno
Paul Sereno - What Can Fossils Teach Us?
What Can Fossils Teach Us?
  • Mesozoic and Cenozoic Life (3:00)
  • Where Dinosaurs Began (3:10)
  • Missing Puzzle Pieces (2:35)
  • Radioactive Dating Discoveries (1:35)
  • Sahara Expeditions (3:55)
  • Dinosaur Evolutionary History (2:22)
  • "Project Exploration" (4:44)
  • Credits: TEDTalks: Paul Sereno - What Can Fossils Teach Us? (0:05)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c2009
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48392 Films Media Group
1streaming video file (22 min.) : d., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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